The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 8, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, May 8, 1974
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IQIstYEAR NO. 109 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1974 SINGLE COPY lOc Medical director feels hospital's repute is low Nixon refuses to turn over more 'tapes' EDITOR'S NOTE: The state hospital has been a landmark in Fergus Falls since the late 1800's when it became the third such institution in the state. In the years since then, while it has been praised and criticized, stereotyped and misunderstood, the hospital has helped make Fergus Falls a recognized name throughout the state. Now, in a series of seven reports, the Daily Journal focuses on the institution. ByBOBDRECHSEL Staff Writer "I think we stand in fairly low repute in the community," says Dr. Jeannette Baker about Fergus Falls State Hospital, "but primarily due to misunderstanding." Dr. Baker is the hospital's medical director. The law, she says, requires the hospital to treat people or let them go, and that creates bad problems in the community. "Once, six years ago a patient beat the sheriff's deputy home," she adds, "and they've been quoting it ever since." Interestingly enough, according to Dr. Baker, people who have been at the hospital seem less prejudiced against the institution than people who haven't. What would she think of placing control of the institution under a local board's control dominated by county commissioners? "It would be a sorrier mess than it is now if county board members tried to run the hospital, but it would place communications on a more intimate Continued on page 12 DR. JEANNETTF, BAKER Simon sworn in as treasury secretary WASHINGTON (AP) - William E. Simon, praised by President Nixon as the man who saw the country through the energy crisis, was sworn in today as the new Secretary of the Treasury. With six of his seven children sitting in the front row, the 46- year-old Simon took the oath of office from associate Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, while Mrs. Simon held the bible for the ceremony, which was held shortly before noon in the -White House East Room. Simon said in brief remarks that the nation's number one problem is inflation and the "solution will require determination, a new political will and close cooperation between the executive and legislative branches of government." The President, who introduced Simon at the ceremony, said that in five months as the federal energy chief, Simon had demonstrated to his colleagues and to the nation his abilities as an administrator and as a leader. "The fact, that we. moved through what could have been a desperate crisis, and moved through it with so much sue- County board ok's mill, road repairs The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners yesterday awarded contracts for new windows in the county courthouse, approved repairs for the Phelps Mill Dam, approved a county summer youth work program and awarded contracts for repairs on several state and county highways. The commissioners awarded a contract for new, thermo- barrier, double-hung windows with fixed glazed storm windows on the county courthouse to the lowest bidder meeting specifications. DeVac Inc., a Minneapolis firm, bid $41,351 to replace the windows. The new windows will help reduce winter heating costs in the courthouse, according to county auditor Ken Hanson. Guilty plea entered Donald George Dorow, 38, Ottertail, pleaded guilty yesterday in District Court to charges of criminal negligence in connection with the death of Donna Kay.Lueders last September. He was sentenced to one year in county jail and placed on probation for one year by Judge Paul Hoffman. Charges of manslaughter and driving after revocation of license were dropped. Donna Lueders was killed ivhen an automobile in which she was a passenger was struck by a vehicle driven by Dorow in Rush I>ake Township. Judge Hoffman has ordered a post-sentence investigation. WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Exploration and repair of concrete stonework of the Phelps Mill Dam was awarded to Anderson Brothers Construction Company at cost plus 10 per cent for overhead plus 10 per cent for profit basis. Anderson Construction, a local company, submitted the only proposal for repairs. The commissioners awarded the project as a continuation of work on the dam started by the company last year. The board of commissioners agreed to initiate a summer youth work program in conjunction with the State of Minnesota. The county will receive?16,764 from the state to provide summer employment for county youths between the ages of 14-21 inclusive. Approximately 31 jobs will be available through the Minnesota Department of Employment Services on a "need basis," according to Hanson. Fifty per cent of those hired must be from families with annual incomes below poverty guidelines in accordance with state guidelines for the project, he explained. Employees will work 30 hours a week for 10 weeks. This year the employer must pay 25 per cent of the J1.80 hourly wage. Last year the employer paid only 12li per cent of the wage, Hanson said. The commissioners awarded Continued on page 18 cess, was due in great part to Bill Simon," the President said. Nixon also praised the outgoing Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz, who was in the front row, as a "very great Treasury Secretary." He said Shultz worked longer and harder than any other man in this administration while holding positions as Secretary of Labor, director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury leadership. But Simon, Nixon said, already had demonstrated he could step into the "big shoes" that Shultz will leave behind. Nixon said he met for two hours with Simon and other economic advisers Tuesday at which time Simon said the solution to the nation's inflation problems will be found in greater productivity of the nation's industry. Nixon also said that at the White House meeting Simon stressed the need to hold down government spending. Nixon also announced that Shultz will be avilable to the administration for special assignments, especially in the international field. Simon, 4ti, will be his fourth Treasury secretary, after David Kennedy, John B. Connally. and Shultz. Simon has been the nation's energy chief since December and will be succeeded in that position by John Sawhill. A millionaire and former Wall Street bond trader, Simon has made no secret that he considers the nation's 10.8 per cent inflation rate to be his major challenge. But he has not promised any spectacular new initiatives to deal with rising prices and told senators at his confirmation hearings he opposes a tax cut and wage and price controls as remedies. He urged a return to economic fundamentals to control inflation, which implies policies that are a little removed from those favored by Shultz and other Nixon economic advisers. If Simon sticks to his fundamentals plan, Americans can expect him to give major attention to restraining government expenditures and possibly even trying to balance the federal budget. Sen. Walter Mondale, D- Minn., said after listening to Simon at the confirmation hear- ings that his policies sounded like "a typical old-fashioned, big-banker's approach to the economy." But Mondale did not oppose Simon and he was confirmed by the Senate without significant opposition. One potential handicap for Simon will be that while the problem of inflation is worse than when Shultz became secretary, he will not have all the economic authority that Shultz had. Nixon did not name Simon to Shultz's post as chairman of the White House Council on Economic Policy, nor did he give Simon the title of assistant to the President, a position held by Shultz. One reason for the reduced authority, sources have said, is that budget director Roy L. Ash and others wished to have a bigger economic policy role for themselves. WASHINGTON (AP) White House lawyer James D. St. Clair informed U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica today that President Nixon will turn over no more Watergate tapes, and Special Prosecutor I^on Jaworski said he would continue the court fight to get them. Sirica issued a statement after a meeting in his chambers saying he would meet with lawyers in the case Friday to map out the impending court battle. He said a hearing in the case was still set for 2 p.m. EDT Monday. St. Clair announced at the White House Tuesday that attempts at working out a compromise over Jaworski's subpoena for tapes and documents covering 64 White House conversations had been terminated and that Nixon would fight the case to the Supreme Court if necessary. "Mr. St. Clair, special counsel to the President, and Mr. Jaworski, special prosecutor, visited the court this morning to formally advise Judge Sirica that the President intends to pursue his motion to quash the special prosecutor's subpoena to him and that the special prosecutor will continue his efforts to enforce compliance with the subpoena," Sirica's announcement said. "The court intends to meet on Friday, May 10 with all attorneys who are participating in litigation regarding the subpoena in preparation for oral arguments scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, May 13," Sirica added. St. Clair declined to say Tuesday what Nixon would do if the Supreme Court should rule against him, saying "it is rhetorical and hypothetical and 1 don't think we will get to that point." St. Clair also said Nixon would give no more tapes to the House Judiciary Committee for its impeachment inquiry. The committee has requested tapes of about 75 Watergate-related conversations, besides the 42 for which it was given White House-edited transcripts instead of the tapes. Asked what Nixon would do if the committee issues another subpoena demanding tapes, St. Clair said he would "respec'- fully decline to comply." If the committee persisted, St. Clair said, "Then, we're going to have a confrontation because the President is firm in his resolve that he already has told the facts." The last tapes confrontation came last fall when Nixon ordered then-Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox fired rather than give him tapes subpoenaed for the Watergate grand jury. Ultimately, Nixon gave up the tapes rather than risk a Supreme Court test. Since then he has given the prosecutor's office other tapes for a total of 19. By a party-line 20-18 vote the committee declared Nixon guilty of non-compliance with its subpoena for the 42 tapes and many members believe that in itself could be an impeachable offense. But St. Clair said he did not think failure to supply the tapes was an impeachable offense. Neither Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., nor ranking Republican member Edward Hutchinson of Michigan had any immediate comment on the latest White House edict. However, Rep. Tom Railsback, R-lll., a committee member, called St. Clair's announcement "most unfortunate." "This decision is certain to provoke a confrontation with the Judiciary Committee, the end result of which will certainly be bad for the country as well as for the Republican party," Railsback said. Rep. Don Edwards, D-Calif., said, "I'm sure we'll issue a subpoena." There was further sign of a tightening White House stance toward Watergate on Tuesday when presidential counsel J. Fred Buzhardt refused to answer some of the hundreds of questions asked of him by the Senate Watergate Committee. Buzhardt invoked executive privilege, national security and the attorney-client privilege to avoid the questions. However, Sen. I/well P. Weicker Jr., R- Conn., who conducted the interrogation, said Buzhardt answered most of the questions. In another Watergate development Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott said the transcripts of key Watergate conversations already released by Nixon reveal "a shabby, disgusting, immoral performance" by all involved. Scott who has supported Nixon in the Watergate controversy, declined to criticize Nixon directly, but in talking to Continued on page 18 Amundson faces first degree murder charge Hearing on lake permit draws overflow crowd By BILL BANK Area News Editor An overflow crowd spilled out of the Otter Tail County District Court room this morning listening to testimony concerning the possible revocation of a permit which allows the Lutheran Island Camp (LIC) to reconstruct a roadway across a portion of the bed of East Battle Lake. The meeting was scheduled by Robert Herbst, commissioner of Natural Resources, to hear evidence on whether or not the Lutheran Island Camp should keep a culvert clear of debris in order to allow boats to navigate the channel. A permit granted to the LIC in 1951 stipulates that access must be maintained for boats, according to John Chell of the division of waters, soils and minerals for the DNR. Chell, a hydrologist, said numerous complaints had been received over the years by the Department of Natural Resources claiming that access through the channel was not possible. Chell said the department Off Page One On the local scene. Page 7 A collector by nature at Richville. Page 10 Bicentennial committee holds first meeting. Page 11 Area happenings. Page 12 had received word from the IJC at least three times indicating that they had performed operations to keep the culvert clear. But within a few weeks of each of those three attempts complaints were received by the department indicating that the culvert was again clogged. A document introduced into evidence by Chell, indicated that in 1912 the sandbar was above the water level. But Chell also said the department had sworn affidavits from settlers in the area claiming that there was access through the channel Continued on page 18 An indictment Charging Tony Morgan Amundson, 19, with first degree murder was returned by a grand jury at 2:45 p.m. yesterday in the death of Donna Ballard April 17. After foreman Donald Adams read the charge Amundson appeared before Judge Paul Hoffman in District Court. He was advised of the indictment and arraignment was set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. The grand jury of 23 members first convened April 30 at the request of County Attorney Harlan Nelson and reconvened May 6. Jurors heard evidence all day Monday and yesterday until early afternoon. Nelson said there were 12 witnesses. They included Gregory BaHard, husband of Donna Ballard and a Pelican Rapids police officer; Sheriff Carltpn Mortensen and deputies; Dr. Mehdi Orandi, county coroner; Pelican Rapids police officers, agents and laboratory technicians from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Amundson, of Pelican Rapids, has been in custody in the county jail since April 24 when Judge Elliott 0. Boe set bond at $100,000. Mrs. Ballard was found shot to death in her trailer home in Pelican Rapids the night of April 17. FISH FOLLIES - The annual spring smelt run, which turns normally sane people into frenzied fishermen, has begun in the tributary waters of Lake Superior. The small, silver fish swim upstream from the lake each spring to spawn, but thousands won't make it through the blockade of nets. Area fish biologists say the run will peak this weekend. This scene was captured near the mouth of the Lester River within the city limits of Duluth. (AP Wirephoto) Transcripts disclose Nixon's knowledge of Watergate elements i Partial clearing tonight. Variable cloudiness and warmer Thursday with sl%;u chance of light showers by late afternoon. Lows tonight 32 to 40. Highs Thursday 57 to 64. High Tuesday 52. Overnight I-ow 41. At 8 a.m. 42. Precipitation 24 Iwurs ending 8 a.m. today .03 Temperatures Out- Year Ago Maximum 78. Minimum 46. EDITOR'S NOTE — Discussing Watergate on Aug. 15, 1973, President Nixon said publicly that until March 21 of that year "Not only was I unaware of any coverup, but ... I was unaware that there was anything to cover up." The White House says the edited Watergate transcripts prove that. Here, in the first of a five-part series on the transcripts, is a report on conversations bearing on the President's knowledge of the case and cover-up. By MICHAEL PUTZEL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - For all their ambiguities, the edited White House transcripts show that President Nixon was told about some of the ingredients of the Watergate cover-up before John W. Dean III walked into the Oval Office with the full story. The President has maintained all along that he first learned of the Watergate cover- up from Dean, then his White House counsel, on March 21, 1973 — and says that the transcripts prove that true. The transcripts of tape- recorded presidential conversations made before and on that date show the President indeed learned the detailed cover-up story on March 21. But the documents made public by the White House also indicate he already was aware of some elements of the cover- up, ami that he suspected others. For example: -On Feb. 28,1973, Nixon told Dean that Charles W. Colson, then a White House aide, "has a lot of vulnerability" in the case, particularly because of his close relationship with Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt Jr. —In that same meeting, the President said that if the Senate Watergate hearings got out of hand "they could ruin John Mitchell," the former attorney general who was director of the 1972 Nixon campaign when the Watergate break-in occurred. -Or, March 13, Dean told Nixon that former campaign treasurer Hugh Sloan Jr. might give damaging testimony about Watergate — "but we are giving him a lot of stroking." —Again, on March 13, Dean said in response to the President's questions that Gordon C. Strachan, a White House aide, knew the whole Watergate story. But Dean said Strachan was disclaiming knowledge, "he has already done it twice, you know, in interviews." —And at that meeting, the President expressed concern about the possible Watergate knowledge of H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, then the White House chief of staff. -At the March 21 meeting itself, Dean told the President he had sought to contain the Watergate story. "Sure," the President replied. •To try to hold it right where it was," Dean said. "Right," the President said. In context, the transcript of the March 21 meeting with Dean indicates the President learned only then of these key details: —'ihat Mitchell, campaign deputy Jeb Stuart Magruder and Dean were present at meetings in early 1972 at which G. Gordon Liddy presented the elaborate intelligence-gathering schemes that led to the Watergate wiretapping. —That Haldeman's secret $350,000 cash fund in the White House was returned to the campaign committee and used to pay the seven Watergate conspirators. -That at least three White House and re-election committee aides had committed perjury to keep the full story of Watergate and the Ellsberg burglary from getting out. Dean talked with Nixon 16 times prior to the March 21 meeting. The transcripts include five of those conversations and offer clues as to what Nixon knew earlier. On Sept. 15.1972. the day the original Watergate burglary indictments were returned, the President told Dean, "the way you have handled all this seems to me has been very skillfull in putting your fingers in the leaks that have sprun" here and sprung there." White House lawyers have said that statement was in reference to the political repercussions and the civil suits filed in the case. The transcripts indicate they were talking about the grand jury, for the next thing Nixon said was: "The grand jury is dismissed now?" Dean said it was. A few minutes later, when Dean said he was just trying to tackle one congressional investigation at a time, the President told him: "The worst may happen, but it may not. So you just try to button it up as well as you can anil hope for the best, and remember basically the damn business is unfortunately trying to cut our losses." On Feb. 28. 1973, during Senate confirmation hearings on the nomination of L. Patrick Gray 111 to bo FNl director. Continued on page 18

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